amy hosa


NOTE: The portfolios on this website focus on artwork and teaching - my personal creative endeavors.  A comprehensive ILLUSTRATION & DESIGN portfolio that represents my career and client base is not represented at this time (except for the token montage above). A resume of work history follows:


Working on an illustrated book project. Lead one to five day watercolor classes at a variety of venues. Paint in my studio.

2001 - 2015: Exhibit Designer at San Francisco Maritime

This National Park focuses on America’s seafaring past, with an emphasis on the West Coast and San Francisco. Projects included rotating and permanent exhibits within interior gallery spaces, historic buildings, and on board 19th century ships, as well as exterior sites. Responsible for the interpretive content, graphic design and physical layout of exhibitry and signage. Designed and painted large murals. Member of planning team for new visitor center with two major permanent exhibits, and co-curated the reopening of the renovated Maritime Museum. Assisted the exhibit specialist in replicating historic environments with faux finishes, and in the fabrication and installation of interactive exhibits.

1990s: Instructor

Taught design for computer animation at the Computer Arts Institute and the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Advised MFA candidates in Graphic Design at the Academy of Art University for many years.

1975-2001: Independent Contractor

As an independent contractor, I worked with the San Francisco Bay Area’s top video and multimedia producers. Specialized in “information design” and art direction: interpreting scripts, illustrating storyboards and comps, creating prototypes, and developing the pre-production design package for the “look and feel” of video, animation, multimedia, games, and interactive educational programs. Also, provided consultation and art direction during production.

DESIGN PRODUCTS for video and multimedia included: identity design, corporate media and marketing communications, trade show booths and major events, industrial theater, interactive products (games, curriculum, devices), web sites and interactive kiosks. Print products, leave-behinds, banners, and advertising components were frequently part of the media design package.

ILLUSTRATION PRODUCTS included:  Realistic illustrations for historic video documentaries, icon libraries for major corporations, logo design, storyboarding and comps, packaging, advertising, interpretive art for museum panels.

Associations and Committees: Water Color Society of California, National Association of Interpreters, Interpretive Media Advisory Committee (National Park Service), Board member of Community Alliance for Special Education.

Education: Graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art, BFA

client list

Academy of Art University

Apple Computer

Asiana Airlines

Banana Republic

Blue Wave


Disney Studios


EPRI - Electric Power Research Institute


Federal Reserve Bank of SF

General Graphics

Golden State Warriors

Hershey Multimedia


Hitachi Data Systems

International Video Network

Landor Associates

LSI Logic



National Park Service

Ninth House

Oakland Museum

Pacific Bell


Reader’s Digest

Red Herring


San Francisco Maritime NHP

San Francisco Ocean Film Festival

Charles Schwab

Smithsonian Air & Space Museum

Sun Microsystems

Video Arts

Visa International

Visa USA

Wells Fargo

WoodenBoat School

Zenda Studios

…and many more

RESUME - ILlustration & design